James: Actually, that's not the worst bit about those six-seater cars because it could be worse if you had your wife in the front and both daughters - and you sat in the back.
James: No, but, you do see that occasionally. You see the mother in the front, and then... and then, *cringing* there's a bloke sitting in the back seat and-
Jeremy: And there's nothing more tragic!
Richard: Yeah, it's pathetic.
Jeremy: It is the most pitiable sight you can see.
James: She's effectively saying 'you've given me the baby, now get in the back'.
[Short pause before Jeremy and the audience both burst into a fit of hysterical laughter]mistaken for that other situation by any of the characters, just in the sense that we the audience see the resemblance. The characters do not. Alternatively it can refer to an ersatz of something more familiar that the audience would immediately recognize in subtext, in order to make it look less Anvilicious, but it doesn't always succeed in fulfilling the latter. The situation doesn't always have to mean anything sexual, however it is the most common use of the trope. This sort of situation can lead to a Mistaken for Index plot if some other character hears it out of context. If unintentionally done, this is Looks Like She Is Enjoying It. If it was done in a work meant for children this is Getting Crap Past the Radar. Similar to Innocent Innuendo/Visual Innuendo in that each of these tropes attempts to draw suggestive ideas from the audience; however Innocent Innuendo/Visual Innuendo attempt to trick the audience into thinking the situation is different from what it really is, whereas this trope is upfront about the situation and merely draws parallels to those suggestive ideas. I Thought It Meant Ironic Echo, which can easily use this trope's title as a Lampshade Hanging. Subtropes include:
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